Monday, May 10, 2004
The inflammatory process of arthritis changes the lining of the intestines and reduces the absorption of some nutrients while increasing daily nutrient requirements. Nutrition is further depleted if the person is on long term medication therapy that increases nutrient needs and/or reduces the desire to eat. Joint pain and stiffness increase when the patient is malnourished. Symptoms improve with the dietary intake of calcium, selenium, zinc, and vitamin E. The antioxidant nutrients such as selenium and zinc might also be effective because of their ability to stop free radical damage to joint linings that in turn causes the accumulation of fluids, swelling and associated pain.